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To Receive is Better than to Give!


Part 1 of 2
You’re probably used to hearing it the other way around, aren’t you?

Well, on Wednesday and Thursday we celebrate the most monumental reception in human history: the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

The holiday of Shavuot is often called the season of the giving of the Torah (zman matan toratenu).  But when you think about it, the amazing celebration is really over our receiving the Torah.

After all, the midrash tells us, G-d offered the Torah to all of the other nations first.  So the giving of the Torah was already taking place.  And He could have given it to anyone.  But WE were the ones who said “We will fulfill it and learn it,” thus beginning a whole new chapter in human history that continues until today.

So open up your heart and mind to receive the greatest gift the world has ever known, G-d’s will, wisdom and love as presented in the Torah.

Please go to http://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/jewish/Centers.htm to find the nearest holiday celebration!

Part 2 of 2
It’s on!  We’re back with our summer Grand Draw.  If you haven’t heard yet, you’ve got a chance to win $10,000 and other great prizes at www.jewishoswego.org/granddraw!

Just $36 enters you to win and all of the prizes are donated so your contribution goes straight to where it’s needed the most, providing for Jews at SUNY Oswego.

In line with “part 1”, don’t worry about the fact that you’re giving. You are really receiving.  You’re receiving the merit of the mitzvah of tzedakah (charity).  You’re receiving a chance to win great prizes.  And most of all, you’re receiving the knowledge and satisfaction that your money is going towards supporting the Jewish people, an eternal and holy nation!

So go to www.jewishoswego.org/granddraw right now and get your tickets.

I would like to make one request.  If you purchased tickets last year, there is a talmudic concept of “ma’alin bakodesh” (ascending in holiness). So, if you purchased one ticket last year, please purchase 2 this year.  Got 5 last year?  Go for 6 today.  That way, you are striving towards a higher spiritual level and providing much needed funds to the Jewish students at SUNY Oswego.

All the best for a kabalat hatorah b’simcha u’b’pnimyut (receiving the Torah joyously and internally)
~Rabbi Yossi

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